Every year Billboard magazine honors women in music through a special edition of their magazine. The edition, coupled with an event in New York City, celebrates groundbreaking women in several aspects of the music industry. This year’s Women in Music edition includes several Belmont alumnae who made it on the Top Women in Music List.
The Belmont alumnae honored include:
- Julie Boos – Boos has been working in the music industry since 1995 and currently works for Flood, Bumstead, McCready and McCarthy, Inc. She graduated from the Massey Graduate School of Business with her MBA in 2006. Boos has also been nominated by Billboard on their Top Women in Music list, Top Business Manager list and Nashville Power Player list previously.
- Cindy Mabe – Mabe graduated from Belmont in 1995 and has worked in the music business since then. She now serves as the president of Universal Music Group Nashville after previously serving as senior vice president of marketing. Universal Music Group encompasses Capitol Records Nashville, EMI Records Nashville, MCA Nashville and Mercury Nashville.
- Gina Miller – After getting a degree from Belmont in music, Miller has stayed in Nashville working for Light Records before it was acquired by Entertainment One. Currently serving as the vice president and general manager for Entertainment One, Miller has held various vice president positions for the past six years.
- Alison Smith – Smith currently serves as the executive vice president of distribution, publisher relations and administrative services at Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). She has been previously honored as one of Billboard’s Women in Music as well as one of their Top 30 Power Players. Smith has a Bachelors in Business Administration from Belmont.
- Carla Wallace – Co-founder and co-owner of Big Yellow Dog Music, an independent music publishing company based in Nashville, Wallace graduated from Belmont with a B.B.A. in Music Business. In the company’s 20 years, Big Yellow Dog has been responsible for four Grammys, 36 No. 1 songs, four Song of the Year awards, an ASCAP Global Award, and many more. In addition, the film, television and brand division had over 400 placements in both 2016 and 2017.
Women featured in this special issue of Billboard magazine are those who have changed the music industry and broken new ground in publishing, touring and more. Besides the Top Women in Music list, several other categories are honored including Trailblazer, Rising Star, Icon and Woman of the Year, among others.
Billboard’s Women in Music special issue is available now.